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Selection of luxury perfumes to gift this Christmas

Good Scents: The Best Perfumes to Gift This Christmas

From blockbuster scents to hidden gems, discover the very best Christmas scents to suit every fragrance personality. No gift receipt necessary
By: Verity Clark

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By: Verity Clark
Good Scents: The Best Perfumes to Gift this Christmas

Good Scents: The Best Perfumes to Gift this Christmas

From blockbuster scents to hidden perfume hall gems, discover the very best Christmas scents to suit every fragrance personality. No gift receipt necessary

By: Verity Clark

While the best Christmas scents are a popular choice of gift at this time of year, it’s also one of the easiest to get wrong for the simple fact that perfume taste is so inherently personal. One woman’s floral favourite is another woman’s mosquito repellent, or so the saying goes. But that is where we can help. Liberty's iconic beauty hall is a reliable haven of extraordinary scents, so whether you’re buying for your friend who is obsessed with smelling clean, or your sister who’s desperate for the cult fragrance of the season, please find the answer within our carefully curated fragrance gift guide.

FOR THE MAIN CHARACTER

Acqua di Parma Sandalo Eau de Parfum 180ml, £253

The earthy, rich scent of sandalwood is divisive so it’s often worth checking in with your recipient before giving something from this scent family. Saying that, this is one is more universally-appealing laced with vibrant notes of citrus, opening with fresh bergamot and petit grain. It's unique and intense - and delightfully opulent.

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Laboratorio Olfattivo Vetyverso, £145

Not for the faint hearted, this is spicy, woody deliciousness that packs a serious punch. The smoky, leathery scent of vetiver takes centre stage and so will whoever wears this unisex scent. An olfactory delight, for the brave.

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Véronique Gabai Le Point G, £49

There’s no beating around the bush with this one. Inspired by the G-spot (yes, that one), it was created for pleasure seekers and the magic mix of spicy pepper, white musk and vanilla does indeed invoke a feeling of hedonism. Plus, it comes in a handy travel size so it makes a great stocking filler or gift for that person who’s always on the go.

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FOR THE MINIMALIST

Escentric Molecules 04, £79

If you’re buying for someone who’s quietly understated but always cool then allow us to introduce you to 04 from synthetic fragrance brand Escentric Molecules. The spotlight is on the smooth, sexy scent of sandalwood but it’s much softer than the real thing, a whisper not a shout if you will.

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Diptyque Philosykos,£117

If they like the smell of fig (and who doesn't?) then they’ll love this. Crisp shirts, ironed pillow cases, regularly blow dried hair; that’s the vibe with this very clean, very fresh fragrance. It’s neat, tidy and doesn’t make a fuss, in a good way.

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D.S. & Durga I Don’t Know What, £148

Technically speaking, this is a fragrance ‘enhancer’, designed to be used as a topper to bring out the best in other fragrances. But worn alone, the subtle notes of amber and bergamot, as the name suggests, give the wearer an air of ‘je ne sais quoi’.

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FOR THE IT GIRLS

Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady, £188

She’s a classic for a reason. Inspired by the iconic Henry James novel of the same, Portrait of a Lady is a very evocative scent, built around the Turkish rose. A unisex fragrance that holds equal allure for men and women, the lucky recipient will no doubt become obsessed with the smell. That’s your present sorted for the next few years then.

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Le Labo Santal 33, £157

Now synonymous with every gold-jewelry adorned wrist of the cool, creative set, Santal 33 is still very much an It girl scent. It’s meant to evoke the smell of petrichor, that warm, earthy scent that hangs in the air after it’s rained. And it certainly does just that, in a very ‘I want to breathe you in’ kind of way.

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Byredo De Los Santos, £185

Gifting any Byredo fragrance will elicit squeals of delight; the cult fragrances are a sure fire way to elevate any dressing table to in-the-know status. De Los Santos only launched this year and while it’s less talked about than Gypsy Water and Mister Marvelous, we predict that its heady trio of musk, sage and incense will soon make it a firm fan favourite.

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FOR THE ADVENTUROUS TYPE

Liberty 12 Days of Fragrance Calendar, £275

Buying for someone that has everything? Look no further. This festive countdown includes 17 fragrances from iconic brands such as Diptyque, Creed and Byredo as well as more niche fragrances houses such as Vyrao. Whether they’re experimental or indecisive, they’ll find something they love here.

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Ellis Brooklyn Apres, £100

Mountains! Alpine air! Pine trees! If you can’t give them a chalet this Christmas then this rich, woody scent is the next best thing. Alongside the fresh scent of evergreens, this artisanal fragrance is laced with the boozy notes of bourbon and praline, transporting them straight to their après-ski happy place.

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Laboratory Perfumes Amber, £80

Inspired by the English coast, this deep, warm scent combines layers of wood and ambergris with grassy notes, blurring the lines between the comforting and the sexy. It's just the thing for someone equally at home rambling along on the Jurassic coast as they are in a cocktail bar.

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FOR THE SWEET TOOTH

Creed Wind Flowers Eau de Parfum, £260

This is a very happy fragrance. With notes of jasmine, orange blossom and peach, it’s light and bright and will have the wearer floating off to some far flung Christmas beach getaway. Notes of sandalwood and tuberose help to toughen it up and stop it being too sickly sweet. Spritz this and you’ll spread optimism.

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Vilhelm Parfumerie X Liberty Peony Couture Eau de Parfum, £185

The flamboyant peony flower is a regular guest on tablescapes everywhere; it’s colourful, fun, intricate and instantly recognisable, much like perfumer Jan Vilhem’s ode to this floral favourite. Exclusive to Liberty, Peony Couture combines the eponymous flower with hints of black pepper and Turkish rose.

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Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy, £185

This intoxicating combination of honeysuckle, rose and orange blossom is global favourite. Sure it may be sweet but it manages to avoid veering into saccharine territory. Consider it their gateway into the extraordinary world of Kilian fragrances...

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